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This week: we’re talking about a new virtual instruction professional learning resource from OnRamps and TEA, and a financial aid update from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
First: Our sister initiative, OnRamps, partnered with TEA on new remote professional learning modules. These modules provide Texas middle and high school teachers with skills and knowledge needed for distance- or hybrid-learning environments. Five of the modules are being offered for free as part of TEA’s Strong Start Resources.
Next, an update from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on financial aid. The Coordinating Board recently posted new information regarding high school transcripts and the TEXAS Grant. Some of your recent graduates may have received a TEXAS Grant. If their final official high school transcript is not available, their college or university may instead confirm eligibility based on the high school transcript that was available when the offer was made. Some students may have received grant funds before their college or university received their final official high school transcript. In this case, the college or university can decide whether a student must repay the TEXAS Grant if the final official high school transcript indicates that the student did not meet the basic grant eligibility requirements.
NOTE: This is a transcript of a Facebook Live video that appeared on 8/20/20. Watch it here.